Happiness, Wealth, Success and Love is in Our Minds

 

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Our minds create meaning. Consciously we can choose what kind of meaning we give to what happens in life.

With the same principle our happiness is in our minds.

Our wealth is created by our mind, creativity, imagination, habits and actions.

Our success is the result of our actions.

Love? Actual love is doing rather than a feeling. Feeling is a mess in brain chemistry, real love is actions. If you do good, you will find eventually that it resonates back to you from people.

We become what we put into our minds. This includes the environment we are in as well as where do we spent our focus: i.e. is it in watching entertainment, pursuit of knowledge, building relationships or doing good deeds.

Formula for Creative Output

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 “It’s not the hours you put in your work that counts, it’s the work you put in the hours.”  – Sam Ewing

Results do matter. Then there are people who say “quantity first” or “quality first.” They are both right. Especially when it comes to business or creativity (art) quantity does come first and with that comes the quality.

 “Picasso’s oeuvre includes more than 1,800 paintings, 1,200 sculptures, 2,800 ceramics, and 12,000 drawings, not to mention prints, rugs, and tapestries— only a fraction of which have garnered acclaim.” – Adam Grant, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

Well Picasso is an example here, yet you could pick almost any famous artist. Because those who succeed with little output and some masterpieces are the exception rather than the rule. The conclusion is if we look at the probabilities that the highest originality correlates with the volume of the output.

Both quantity and quality matter. Yet if you want the probabilities to be with you, you do it through the quantity. Probabilities in this life is like the force in the Star Wars. You would like the probabilities to be with you.

At first the quantity is worthy of worship. It’s only when we’ve learned some rudimental basics and notice that we are banging our heads to the walls that we can start to think a bit about in terms of quality. First we must become an object to learn anything. Later on then we can start to switch between applying what we have learned and the learning itself.

We should keep on doing a lot precisely because of learning and renewal. Learning is the core of creativity. And the learning happens through the function of quantity.

Summary of Seth Godin’s Linchpin

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Today I decided to revisit my highlights of the Linchpin. It is the book that literally made me to write every day again and I hold it in high regard. Although I had tried with my previous blog writing everyday for month, I didn’t stick with it. And even this time I had from different sources and different reasons to stick with this (Steve Pavlina and Neil Pasricha), Linchpin despite was the book that convinced me to start again.

“Stop asking what’s in it for you and start giving gifts that change people.”

Quite simply and shortly put the Linchpin is a book about being you, and stop hitting your head to the wall. It’s about creating the art (what ever you want to do) that is meaningful.

I’ve found my most meaningful time of the day to be thinking and clarifying my thinking as a text. While the medium might and change from person to person, you should put the effort there. Seth’s advice is to put the hour to your art no matter what. Do not mind the defects, as art is never defect free anyway.

The lesson is to commit to an hour a day to the art and then deliver.

“In everything you do, it’s possible to be an artist, at least a little bit.”

Life is not about the dull work, it’s about the wonderful art. Seth spends quite a lot of time and space in the book to talk about what are the common causes that people do not follow this advice: fear and resistance rise up, which I can totally relate. He had inspirational lines like “I realized that my lizard brain was afraid of this book, which is the best reason I can think of to write it.”

Creating art does require courage and less resistance.

“You become a winner because you’re good at losing.”

To conclude, the key is about creative action that is not just any action, but work that brings meaning to the peoples’ lives. Such action is called art, and almost any action can be art if it’s done with creativity and sense of purpose, not with just the bored everyday routines. What does prevent us from doing to ordinary extraordinarily well is our lizard brain that is afraid of failure. The way to overcome this is through the practice of delivering and doing it because it is meaningful and it deserves to be done and delivered.

Success Follows Preparation

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Yesterday after fun lunch discussion, we were joking that at the offers for example that are done at the last second in the back seat of the taxi.

I.e. I was telling example, that that kind of image was in my mind when I enrolled to business school.

However, such offers that are done at the last second and at the back seat of the taxi are rarely the winning offers.

Same goes for pretty much anything that has been done just “last night” or at the “last minute” – leaving too much for the last minute is not ideal practice.

Great people can leave a lot of options open until late minute, in order to allow creativity. However, this does not mean that they do not have the ending or several drafts up in their sleeve. These people have already many options, they are not trying to just finish, they are trying to finish off as well as possible.

Success follows preparation.

Power of Naps

I’ve been a longer time a fan of naps. In my normal routine there is less chance for such because of open plan office workplace.

In my previous work I had the chance to nap during lunch hour. Just a 10 or 15 minutes dord wonders to a mind.

Now that I’ve been on vacation that has been combination of many activities I’ve been reminded of this habit. Having a naps during the day revitalizes the mind and feels great.

Now I’ve recognized that the skill to nap anywhere is great to have simply because it gives the day fluidity you wouldn’t othereide have.

Worshiping the Basics Brings Results

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Masters Worship the basics.

Doing the basic things at very high level is the sign of a master. True masters know the basics are the foundation of everything and they must be taken care of. Without the foundation anything cannot be built.

Judo master Jigoro Kano exemplifies this spirit very well, as the story goes that he asked to be buried with white belt.

How does the basics become holy, so that we may worship it?

It’s with practice and learning with feedback. We should do, and the action should provide feedback. Doing together with others is greater, it makes the learning faster and collected.

There is a one more feedback channel that the professionals use: it’s a coach. The purpose of a coach: to provide feedback and point out the important basics.

True mastery is driving opening up mind and training it for creativity, so that the mind can absorb and understand as much as possible about the basics.

Transforming the Ordinary to Extraordinary

 

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Storytelling is one particular leadership tool that can create extraordinary results out of ordinary ingredients. Under the leadership, stories do not merely get repeated, stories get repeated in meaningful and fresh ways.

To reach such level of story-telling, I see it as flexing creative muscles every day.

By telling and reminding of the ordinary, yet important action, great leader is able to remind that which brings the results.

In this case, we need to really think long term. As Stephen Covey put it in the 7 Habits, focus on production capabilities rather than products.  When stories focus on the short term, they are nothing more than manipulation.

When they focus on the long term, it’s about inspiring and nurturing. And when that happens, something extraordinary may happen.

Discovering The Thing

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We become good at what we do.

Today I was confronted with the fact that I’ve probably mastered some tasks and it would be useful to think what are the next things I want to master professionally. Although in general direction I’ve good idea, on this micro level I am not so clear yet.

In my youth I’ve spent most of my time as far as I can remember with games and anime. That part of my personality I still sometimes find difficult to match with real life, although I am getting better at it.

I’ve grown in Finland, English is the first thing I’ve felt like I succeed in ever since I was a kid. I’ve sought out the Japanese and Asian cultures. It’s a kind of interesting mix.

Yet we all are. Maybe I am a hybrid of global cultures, yet we all are also very mixed up genetically. There was the ad by Momondo, which makes this point very well. Human memory does tricks to us, and we forget our relatives, where we’ve come from. In actuality we are all kind of family.

It is through these interesting mixes that we are able to create. Create something new, remix something old. Express and leave our dents to the universe.

What do you want to do?

 

Specific or Unexpected

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Learning with purpose and goal in mind is a one thing. Then another thing is novelty and creativity, where two seemingly irrelevant things do combine together in the unexpected ways.

The more I’ve gone to appreciate the world of coincidence.

Although specific seems to be desirable, often the unexpected has impact that we cannot imagine.

Life can have purpose at the same time while having a whole bunch of randomness.

Learning to embrace the middle way, the specific in a once in a while and opening the mind to the unexpected as well has its perks.

Potential of Your Personality

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 “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Anonymous

I like this quote, because it assumes that when we find our strengths and talents, we may thrive. Yet it does tend to forget that the ‘genius’ needs to be developed before that through hard work, so that aspect I do tend to dislike.

For our self-worth it has momentous impact to discover what we enjoy doing and has benefit for other people. This is what I would wish for everyone, to have chance at doing and discovering their strengths and talents.

I have experienced the discovery as a long process of trial and error, so I see it that way for others as well.

I’ve had trouble fitting in and finding the people and contexts that I may thrive in. Yet in comparison to my beliefs 15 years ago, now I do believe that there are such contexts for everyone, the potential to thrive and flourish.

The culture and people that surround us may not be the one, yet such places do exist and such should be pursued.

“Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?” ― Ian Wallace

Not everybody has the potential of the star, yet they may have the potential of the space.